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Nikki & Brad's Portland Headlight and Mariner's Church Banquet Center, Portland, Maine Wedding

If I had to say that one couple would get a whirlwind portrait prize, I dare say Nikki & Brad would win. They were married on a perfectly overcast day in September on the field by Portland Headlight. With what felt like the whole world watching, they proclaimed their love for each other. It made me giggle hearing the crowds of people as they were anxiously awaiting the bride. "Is she out of the limo yet?" "Where is she walking down?" "Are they bringing her down on a golf cart?" And then hearing the gasps as everyone saw Nikki for the first time. She really was gasp worthy, too. The subtle pink shading in the flowers on her dress were perfectly complimented by the gorgeous sash and super hot shoes. Her tiara added just the right amount of sparkle to her gorgeous bridal updo.

Once they were pronounced and the formal portraits were done, away we went on our whirlwind portraits of the two of them. I don't think I've ever been able to hit such a wide variety of portrait spots with a couple! From the pond and gazebo on the Fort Williams grounds to the gorgeous cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the boat dotted shoreline of Portland (just don't look left or right or you'd notice that the location we were in was not, in and of itself, very picturesque)... we hit them all! Once their shoes were changed and bandaids applied, it was off we went to party with their closest friends and family at the awesome Mariner's Church Banquet Center. From the classics (YMCA and We are Family) to the latest hits, this crowd kept the party going long in to the night! It was such a blast!

Nikki & Brad (and family), thank you for letting me be there for your awesome day! I had such a great time celebrating with all of you. You both are marrying in to awesome families!

Here is a sneak peek of what we captured during their wedding day!

Date: September 7, 2013  |  Ceremony:Portland Headlight at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Reception & Catering:Mariner's Church Banquet Center in Portland, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire:Men's Wearhouse
Cake Artist:Good Eats Boutique in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Music:The Music Man DJ Service
Florist:Dodge the Florist in Portland, Maine  |  Hair Stylist:I Do Spas  |  Makeup Artist:I Do Spas  |  Officiant:All in One Weddings
Tent & Rentals:One Stop Party Shop  |  Transportation:Atlantic Limousine & Yacht Center

Jessica & Aaron :: Wedding at St. Joseph's in Portland & Reception at The Landing at Pine Point

I am super behind on my blog posts thanks to a crazy busy fall and my new life with an almost six month old. Whoops!

Jessica & Aaron are one of those couples who are just fun. Fun to hang out with, fun to run around a freezing beach with, fun to take pictures of... you see where I am going with this. These two lovebirds were hitched on October 12th, but you might remember them from my engagement session with them almost a year ago at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. Point a camera at Aaron and he gets all smiley and starts laughing. And then Jessica starts smiling because of Aaron. It's all one happy circle.

My husband turned second shooter, Alan, and I first met up with Jessica on the glorious wedding day. And by glorious, I mean an absolutely picture perfect, amazing, somewhat brisk fall day. Ok, somewhat brisk is an understatement, but lets pretend it wasn't quite as chilly as it really was. Jessica and her ladies got ready at her mom's amazing estate in Windham, Maine, before heading in to Portland for the ceremony at St. Joseph's. Aaron and his guys had met up with Alan and put the finishing touches on all of the details before the ladies arrives. The ceremony itself was absolutely perfect. But, then again, I think just about every ceremony performed by Father John Tokaz is. It had moments of seriousness punctuated by brief stints of laughter, a brief appearance of tears followed by big, beaming smiles. It was the kind of ceremony that made those of us in attendance who are married look to our partner and smile, knowing that the vows still apply to us, too.

After the ceremony, we took their family portraits outside the church with everyone making quick trips in and out of the church to stay warm. It was just a bit chilly! But I don't think chilly quite fits the bill for our trip down to the beach in Old Orchard Beach. Brrr! Running down to the beach happened, but it was definitely not because we were rushing for the water. The end result was completely worth it since I dare say it led to some of my favorite portraits of all time. Sunset, beach, city in the background, and an awesomely fun bridal party. Recipe for awesome!

The newlyweds and their closest family & friends celebrated the big event at the incredible Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine, complete with delicious food and amazing cake, both from Black Tie Catering Co. in Portland, Maine. The dance floor was packed all night long and the photo lounge was hoping, both thanks to Northeast DJs in Portland, Maine. Even Father John got his groove on with the bridal party! It was such an awesome party and the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of their new life together. I dare say none of us will forget it any time soon.

Congratulations, Jessica & Aaron, and thank you so much for letting us play a roll in your day. It was such a blast!

Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

Date: October 12, 2012  |  Ceremony: St. Joseph's in Portland, Maine  |  Reception Venue: The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine  |  Caterer, Cake Artist, & Event Coordinator: Black Tie Catering Co. in Portland, Maine  |  Florist: Harmon & Barton in Portland, Maine  |  Hair Stylist: Janelle No. 5 in Windham, Maine  |  Disc Jockey: Northeast DJs in Portland, Maine  |   Officiant: Father John Tokaz |  Event Designer: Papier Gourmet in Portland, Maine  |  Transportation: Atlantic Limousine and Yacht Center in Westbrook, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: Madeline's Daughter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Kathryn & Nicholas :: Wedding at St. Albans and Reception at the Seasons in Portland, Maine

By the time the wedding came, Kathryn & Nick felt like old friends to me and not just clients. These two high school sweethearts found their way to me two years in advance of their wedding day thanks to Kathryn's brother, who I had in a college photography class I taught. The venue hadn't been decided on. The details were far from finalized. But they knew that I was their photographer. A year after booking me, we got together for their engagement session during an unseasonably warm fall day in 2011. We were all dressed for fall weather and mother nature had other plans. It was down right hot! The highlight of our time together that day, for me, was getting to meet their (furry) "baby", Auto, who is about the size of a house. He's a huge lovebug! Throwing a stick for him meant chucking a log. He was hilarious!

And so, when the big day arrived, I was struck by how it felt like such an end of an era to me. After all of the years of planning, the shot lists, the details... it all came down to this one day. And then it would flash by before we knew it. They always say that. I always say that to my couples.

The day started with the ladies primping in their room at the Howard Johnson in Portland, Maine. The weather was gorgeous with the sun shining brightly. The forecast had been for rain, so it was a welcomed change (not that we weren't crossing our fingers anyways). The bridesmaids' dresses reminded me of Greek goddesses with their gorgeous chocolate brown color with just a hint of sparkling gold. Kathryn's sister/matron of honor, looked especially fitted for the part with her long, curled dark hair. To say they were all stunning is such an understatement.

The ceremony itself was held at the always amazing St. Albans Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth. I had driven past it on several occasions, but had never had the opportunity to visit. It is such a gorgeous spot! Kathryn & Nick's family and friends filled the church as the couple started this new chapter of their life together. Nick, upon seeing his bride walking down the aisle, got teary eyed, which almost made me follow suit. This day that they had been waiting for for so long was finally here and happening. Love, love, love.

Following the ceremony, the bridal party as well as the newlywed's families scurried down to Fort Williams for portraits. From the look of the sky and the smell of the air, I knew our finger crossing wasn't going to last much longer. Mother nature had other plans. And she made them quite clear shortly after we managed to capture shots of the happy couple as well as them with their families. A made dash back to our vehicles was in order!

We concluded our portraits back in the lobby of the Howard Johnson as their guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Seasons Event and Conference Center. Upon wrapping it up, it was time to get the party started! There were toasts by family and friends. My favorite of the night, and by far one of the most memorable ever, was given by Kathryn's sister, who gave her blessing to Nick marrying her sister knowing that he would take as good care of her as she would. There were also some choice insider jokes exchanged, which led to many, many laughs.  The remainder of the night was spent celebrating and dancing to the music played by local band Higher Ground. I dare say that Kathryn & Nick could not have asked for a better way to start the next chapter of their life together. The only downside now that the day is over is just what will encompass all of their new found time now that wedding planning is done. With Kathryn's sister being married last year and now Kathryn, I'm not quite sure what their family will do. But we're all hoping that baby shower planning time isn't too far away....

Kathryn & Nick, thank you for letting me be a part of your day and of the past two years of your life together. I am so incredibly honored! I hope that you had as fabulous a time on your honeymoon as your pictures seem to show and that your "baby" wasn't too mad at you when you got home. Give him a snuggle for me! And definitely keep in touch.

Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

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Date: October 6, 2012  |  Getting Ready Location: Howard Johnson in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony: St. Albans in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Reception & Caterer: Seasons Event and Conference Center in Portland, Maine  |  Cake Artist: Good Eats Boutique in Portland, Maine  |  Florist: The Ladyslipper in Gray, Maine  |  Band: Higher Ground  |  Transportation: Atlantic Limousine and Yacht Center in Westbrook, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal